Side Trip briefs

Briefs and news of note for the traveler.

Published June 4, 2006

Villa vacations

The fantasy: renting a villa in the countryside, dining on food grown by local farmers and relaxing with your family in a beautiful setting.

The reality: getting lost on unfamiliar roads, worrying that the kids will be injured because the house is not childproof, and suffering through malfunctioning appliances, plumbing disasters and heating problems.

That's what Wendy Perrin, who writes for Conde Nast Traveler, discovered when she rented a villa for her family in Italy. Perrin describes her experience in the June issue and provides plenty of advice for others.

Perrin recommends 35 rental agents in 16 countries, including www.justfrance.com and www.villaeurope.com. For the complete list, check out the June issue, or look for more villa guidance online at www.cntraveler.com/villarentals.

- Associated Press


What do most people argue about in the car during a road trip?

Where to sit and when to stop.

That's according to a survey of 4,000 people across the United States conducted for Rand McNally, the map publishing company.

The survey found that "personal space/seating arrangements" was the No. 1 reason for a disagreement on a road trip, cited by 54 percent of those polled, while 27 percent said "when to stop for breaks" was the biggest cause of discord.

If you're looking to improve your diet, a road trip probably will not help. Top results for "best food for the road" were potato chips, candy and cookies.

- Associated Press